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Diana Ross Biography

Birth Name:
Diane Ernestine Earle Ross
Birth Place:
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Singer, actor

Fast Facts

  • Originally formed a group called the Primettes in her housing project
  • In 1967, they were renamed Diana Ross and the Supremes and went on to score 12 No
  • 1 pop hits
  • Made her TV debut that same year on Tarzan playing a nun
  • In 1970, after leaving the Supremes, she released her first solo hits "Reach Out and Touch" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough
  • " Earned an Oscar nod for her film debut playing legendary singer Billie Holiday in 1972's Lady Sings the Blues
  • Despite her initial cinematic success, her two subsequent movies were flops: 1975's Mahogany and 1978's The Wiz
  • She did little acting after that
  • Was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988
  • Released her autobiography, Secrets of a Sparrow, in 1993
  • Is a spokesperson for National Children's Day, which gives young people the chance to share their hopes and concerns with America's leaders
  • Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama in 2016
  • Nominated for 12 Grammy Awards—but has never won


  • 1995Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 1974BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actress: nominated
  • 1973Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1973Golden Globe-New Star of the Year - Actress: winner
  • 1972Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated